The Day Of Atonement (Part two)

 

 

In order to do that, He has to take sin far away because God wants to be inhabitable, but in our present state, He is uninhabitable for us! So He got joined to Israel and found out something about being married to a woman; it better to live alone on a housetop than in a house with a contentious woman! Nobody could ever live with God in our state!

 

The reconciliation process not only makes God inhabitable for us, it makes us inhabitable for one another. What Jesus says in John is that ‘that you may be one as I am one’ so that we have this fellowship one with another.

 

This is how the salvation works when He cleanses us from all sin. I John says that ‘as we walk in the light as He is in the light and have fellowship one with another, then the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin’.

 

What being baptized into the body does for us, in our baptism in the Spirit, is that it joins us together with the same members of the body. So now we are baptized into one body and we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. Now we have something flowing through us; the same as the natural body has something flowing through it. What does the natural body have flowing through it that gives life? Blood. What does the spiritual body have flowing through it that gives life? Spirit. That Spirit was joined to the soul of Jesus when He went into the heavenly places. ‘He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit’. This is the blood that we are saved by: His life flowing through us , as we are having fellowship and walking in the Light. You cannot do this without the fellowship of the brethren because this is an eternal work where the blood actually does what it does in the natural body. This is the spiritual blood that actually saves man from sin. This is the Lamb that was able to be taken away by a fit man in the wilderness—to take the sin far away—take Him away into a place uninhabited, because that is where He went; He went to God with His own blood and the sins that were placed upon Him went right before the throne of God.

 

(Brother Buddy speaks here) A member can be cut off and die and the body can enter into life, maimed, without that member; but, the member (who was cut off) will never enter in without a body.

 

(John Basalyga continues) This is how you can be saved. Romans says that we are reconciled by His death and we are saved by His life.

 

I’ll suggest this to you, when you look at the morning and evening sacrifice, here again, when you look at the natural, you say, “The morning sacrifice must be Him and the evening sacrifice must be us.” But remember, only one Lamb is taken; by one offering, He is going to do this.

 

We see that there are two times in which Jesus was the Lamb; it is evidenced in scripture. The first one is when? ‘I saw the Lamb slain, as it were, before the foundation of the world’—there’s the dawn of creation; there is the morning sacrifice. But, He is ‘manifest in these last times for us’ (1 Peter 1:20 ); there is the evening sacrifice. Jesus fulfilled both of them, because He is at the beginning of creation and He is at the end. We find ourselves in Him , making an offering, but the offering is not for sin; the offering is for righteousness now.

 

I have prayed about this, years ago, and have asked God about this morning and evening sacrifice, “God how does this work?” And God said, “Well, how long do you think it takes a lamb to burn up?” Twelve hours. What I heard Him clearly say was that the only efficacy that any sacrifice had in the Old Testament, was if it was put on a burning lamb. Twenty-four hours a day, there had to be a lamb burning on that altar. There had to be a morning sacrifice and an evening sacrifice, so that if an offerer ever came to make an offering to God on that visible altar, it was no good unless there was a lamb burning there. If the lamb burned up in 12 hours, there had to be a morning and an evening sacrifice to signify two times that God was going to recognize the sacrifice: at the beginning of creation, before man had done any sin, and at the end where He was going to bring Him forth and put sin away.

 

(Buddy adds) So, right at that point, the ones that will be ready, when the Lord comes, are the ones with their lamps burning .

 

(John continues) Now we have a dilemma because all of a sudden God is going to reverse the days for us. The new covenant is not going to start with Passover; the new covenant is going to start with Atonement. Turn over to Joel.

 

The Atonement happened 2,000 years ago; it was completed 2,000 years ago. Did you ever hear of the former rain and the latter rain? What is the former rain? It is the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement; that is the former rain; it is the beginning of the agricultural year.

 

Passover is the latter rain. In order for you to get the former rain and the latter rain, you are going to have to start with the Atonement and end with the Passover.

 

The way that the new covenant is going to work is that God is going to bring in a new year—an acceptable year. The acceptable year of the Lord is a planting year; not a religious year.

 

The planting year brings you into a position where you can actually sow to the Spirit. Until Jesus Christ comes, the way into the Holy of Holies is not known and the Spirit has not yet been given. In order for God to do this, we read this:

 

Joel 2:23 ‘Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, (that is what He did in natural Israel; He poured out the former rain moderately ; He did not pour them out the former rain in the fullness of it.) and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

 

So, He brings them together; both of them—Passover and Atonement. Where do you see anywhere in scripture where Passover and Atonement come together in the same day? When Jesus Christ went to the cross, He fulfilled Passover and the Atonement. He brings forth a new day and He brings forth in the first month . Because now what He is going to do is, He is going to start this new covenant off, as we read, not according to the old, but He is going to bring forth a new covenant, with a new priest, and a new law, new sacrifices, new covenant, new tabernacle; everything is new! Behold, all things are become new; the old is all passed away!

 

What He does now is deliver seed to the sower. So guess who is going to overcome who? The sower is going to overcome the reaper. Who is the sower? Jesus Christ. Who is the reaper? We in Adam.

 

In the Day of Atonement, Jesus Christ overtakes the reaper, which is us, and He gives us new seed. And He says, “Now that you have new seed, start sowing to the Spirit and you will reap everlasting life!” God will not be mocked in this whole thing, because the only way to get into the inheritance is through the resurrection.

 

The resurrection is something that is sown ! In order for it to be sown, you have to start off in sowing, so God had to bring in a new covenant where by the better promises are, He is going to start you off in this in a new day. So now He reverses it.

 

When is He actually going to “pass over” us in an eternal sense? When we get into the resurrection! Therefore, the Passover is at the end of this new experience. He starts it off with the forgiveness of sins.

 

Right now our problem is not, we are sinners; our problem is, what we are sowing! At the end of this thing, God is not going to judge every man according to the law , but He is going to judge every man according to his works . We get to the White Throne Judgment and whose do we want to be judged for, our works or Christ’s? Christ’s! Yes, we all want to be judged for Christ’s works! But, whose are we going to be judged for? Your own!

 

The only way that you could do this right is if He gave the Spirit to sow in. Jesus had to reconcile the position we were in God, from being an uninhabitable place and now has made it inhabitable!

 

If you were to go to Israel , back in the wilderness—on the wilderness journey, and you were to go to them and God comes to them and says, “On Thursday evening, I am going to make it possible for whoever wants to go into the Holy of Holies, I am going to make it possible for four hours. Anybody who wants to go in there, can go in there.” How many Israelites do you think would want to go see what is in there? God is saying, “I’ll let you see! I’m not going to destroy you; I’ll let you see!” Who would want to go? They all would!

 

Well, what He did for us is, He has made a way into the Holy of Holies; you can go in there now! How many of us are living there everyday?

 

Go over to Nehemiah. We now have boldness to enter in, by a new and living way because now He opened up a new covenant that is starting on the Day of Atonement. This is where it starts.

 

Go and look up in history and you will find it; Israel actually changes the day of the new year to the Feast of Tabernacles; they actually start the day there. Now, legally, they start the year on the Day of Atonement. I think it was in 30 or 40 A.D. that they actually changed the date. I’ll show you this in scripture.

 

At the time of the restoration, Israel continued to celebrate Passover at the beginning of the year; Judah went to the Day of Atonement to start celebrating the first day of the year. They went to a new covenant testament of starting off the year in the Feast of Trumpets; all the way through the restoration. You find this when you study this out. I’ll show it to you in Ezekiel 40, verse 1.

 

Israel ’s tradition was that all of creation started on the Day of Trumpets. You see what happened when Jesus Christ died, He brought in the Year of Jubilee, which starts on the Day of Atonement. There is the Jubilee that was suppose to come; that was going to set us free—set the captives free from all sin.

 

Once Christ does this, He says, “Now, go and sin no more.” Because now, He has taken away sin. Now, if you willfully go back to sin, what sacrifice do you have to look forward to? There is none! ‘But a certain fearful looking for of judgment’ that is going to come on all of the wicked at the end. The sacrifice that He made was a perfect sacrifice ; there is no other sacrifice for sin.

 

Does that mean that you don’t have to sacrifice? No! But what you are sacrificing now is what’s called a sweet-smelling savor. This answers to the first three offerings. God has the burnt offering, the meal offering, and the peace offering, which probably answers to body, soul, and spirit in some kind of fashion or other, and what He does do, is eliminate the sin offering and the trespass offering.

 

When Christ died, the sin offering was to make an offering for one sin. Guess what one sin the offering was made for; ‘Thou shalt not eat of the tree’. Jesus fulfilled the sin offering for by one man sin entered into the world; ‘by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world; by one Man’s righteousness were many made righteous’. The sin offering answered that one sin. Jesus came and made an offering for that one sin of Adam.

 

The trespass offering answers to the nature, where He offers for the sin nature that is in us so that goat has to do two things: 1) take away sins, and 2) take away the nature. He takes the sins far away and He deals with both of those in those two goats.

 

Now that He has given us a new way to live, we get birthed into that new creation. In that new creation, there is no sin; and there is no law of sin and death in it and there is no law of God against that man. Now you operate by another law; it’s called the law of faith.

 

I want to read you the scripture about the sower overtaking the reaper:

 

Amos 9:13-14(a) ‘Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel , and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant…’

 

You see when God does this—when the sower overtakes the reaper—then My (God’s) people can plant. Now that you are planting, you are not starting off in Passover where a substitutionary offering is what brings you into eternal salvation. If you continue to see Passover as the beginning of the new covenant, you will continue to be looking for a substitutionary offering to get you into perfection.

 

A substitutionary offering means that you don’t have to die, but in this new covenant, you still have to die. Because you have to die, what the dying is, is the planting; planting, dying, and sowing is all synonymous. (Buddy adds: If you are planted in the likeness of His death.)

 

(John continues) ‘Except the seed of corn go in the ground and die’, or except the seed of corn is sown. All sowing is dying. When you sow, you are living to something and you are dying to something. What you are dying to is the body of sin. Every seed is given a body. Jesus Christ came into this world with a body that had the capacity to sin. Because it had the capacity to sin, it had a nature that could sin. (Buddy comments: It’s the soul that sins.) The soul has to yield itself to the body in order for the soul to sin. ‘Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust’. The flesh has the nature; the soul has to submit to it.

 

The soul, in the scripture, is always typed to a servant; it doesn’t have the capacity to be anything on its own. So whatever you yield your servants to obey, his servant you are. If you yield yourself to sin, which is in the body, that makes you a sinner. If you yield yourself to righteousness, that makes you righteous.

 

(Buddy adds:) All sin is rebellion against God.

 

(John adds:) All which is not of faith.

 

(Buddy continues:) All sin is an act of rebellion against God, because you have a commandment from God to obey His voice and you are breaking His commandment when you sin. ‘The keeping of God’s commandments is life everlasting.’

 

(John comments:) The two creation lives wanted to show you that as long as you are in the old creation, you can never obey God.

 

(Buddy comments:) Which means that you can only be saved by hearing His voice; you can never be saved by doctrinal teaching. You can only be saved by hearing God’s voice; what are you saved from? Sin, because ‘the soul that sinneth is going to die’. It is going to lose that life of God. So, by which you could be a living soul, now it is going to be a dead soul. ‘The soul that sinneth shall surely die.’

 

(John continues:) So whatever life you are living in, God then imputes that nature to you. If you are living in Christ, He imputes righteousness to you; ‘he that doeth righteousness, is righteous; even as He is righteous’, but it is not yours yet. It’s a hope of eternal life that we might win that righteousness as our own, but God still imputes it to us. You get back into the flesh and back into sin, now you go back into being a sinner, and God imputes that to you as well, and with that comes death.

 

So now you find yourself in this position; are you a sinner? Only if you are living in the old creation life. It is not pride to say, “I’m not a sinner!” Why is anybody continuing to call themselves a sinner? Jesus Christ died so that He could deliver us out of the sinner position and get us into a righteous position. We have to ‘in patience possess’ that which we have been apprehended for.

 

(Buddy adds:) That is why in the Old Testament, the sacrifice could not make anybody who came to it perfect. Why? Because your sins could be forgiven, but they could not be taken away. So, to be perfect, you have to go and sin no more. (John continues:) And the only way we can do that is in Christ , and that’s a sowing and reaping process. (Brother Buddy comments:) And that’s under the government of God, because you are not in Christ unless you are under the government of God.

 

(John continues:) I wanted to show you in the scripture, Amos 9:13-14, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; …and they shall plant… So now, you are in a position where you can plant.

 

Now, over in Nehemiah chapter 8. The whole chapter is really good; sometime when you want to break this down, the whole chapter is found in the first day of the seventh month and they are reading the law. The people came to Ezra in the middle of the street in the water gate; this is where the word is flowing and they spake unto Ezra, in verse 1.

 

Nehemiah 8:2- ‘And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.’

 

So what we have here is the beginning of a new covenant coming into being, where in this new covenant, a people are actually going to understand. ‘And with all of your getting, get understanding’! Our eyes have been opened and our ears have been opened and now we are getting an understanding.

 

He brings these ministries who are going to start interpreting what God is saying to them. And in verse 8, it says:

 

Nehemiah 8:8 ‘So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.’

 

This is what see happening now. God in this new day—on the first day of the seventh month—it’s a new trumpet sounding to a people who find themselves in a restored place because that’s what this is in Nehemiah—the restoration. And it says, in verse 9:

 

Nehemiah 8:9 ‘And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.’

 

What they were hearing was from the carnal man; when they got to the part about the Day of Atonement—(they said), “We still are sinners and we still need to be saved and we still need a sin offering.”

 

And he says, “Quit weeping! Stop weeping!”

 

Nehemiah 8:10 ‘…Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’

 

Brother Sam ( Fife ), when he ministered this, years ago, said, “I keep going to churches where they have an altar call and everybody is sorry.” He said, “You are not going to find this in this move of God! Would you quit being sorry for what you did yesterday? The joy of the Lord is your strength! (now imitating Sam’s voice) My God, people, how many times are you going to repent?” (much laughter)

 

Just remember, this is a new day; the joy of the Lord is your strength!

 

Now look over in Romans chapter 5.

 

Romans 5:10-11 ‘For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement .’

 

There are the scriptures put together. Quit being sorry, because now on the first day of the month, God has just brought an atonement that can actually take away sin and now the joy of the Lord is your strength!

 

How do you know you are dwelling in the Holy of Holies? Because ‘in His presence, there is fullness of joy’! When you have the Atonement, you have the joy! Joy and peace!

 

Once you know that the Atonement, that actually can take away sins, has happened, the way into the Holy of Holies is made known. You find yourself in a life now where the joy is your strength—rather than the condemnation. He says, “Now here is your choice: do you like condemnation, or do you like joy?” ‘So there is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ’; they are ‘walking after the Spirit’, but ‘there is fullness of joy in His presence’!

 

So, we can be going through all sorts of trials and testings, because our God is still a consuming fire and that consuming fire is still living in the Holy of Holies. ‘Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’ (Isaiah 33:14) Who does it say can do that?

 

Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

 

There is actually a people who can do that; that are walking uprightly! (Buddy adds:) Not a people who say, “I love you, Lord” and then walk off and prove they love themselves more than they love God.

 

The image came into the world, for Jesus Christ is the very image of God; He is the express image of God. Paul saw this; he said that the fullness of the Atonement is already come; there is not a future Atonement coming. God opened up the new covenant that starts on a different year. Jesus Christ came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, which is the planting year, and now you have been given seed to the sower to now go forth in the field and sow.

 

In Isaiah 58, where it talks about the fast—What the Day of Atonement also is, is the only fast that is required in the law. When you see this, ‘is this the fast?’, it is talking about the Day of Atonement.

 

The first time I shared some of this (word), somebody said, “Well, if we already had the Atonement, don’t we have a future affliction of the soul?” The affliction of the soul and this fast are identical. There is only one afflicting of the soul that is required in scripture. He says this here, “Is this the day to afflict our soul? Is this the fast? Is this the day to afflict our soul?”

 

Before you go there, I just want to remember one scripture in Ezekiel 40. This is to confirm and to see where God unveils the truths in Ezekiel’s temple. He is going to bring in the beginning of a new year.

 

Ezekiel 40:1 ‘ In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month,’

 

That is the Day of Atonement. Israel was living in Babylon at the time. The beginning of the year was, in Israel , the seventh month. What he is doing here is identifying that the revelation is going to come when the Man shows up that is able to bring the former rain and the latter rain together and bring in a new year—a beginning of a new month—so that the Day of Atonement is going to start this new period off where revelation now is going to start flowing, and we are going to see things that we never saw before—like we saw when Jesus Christ showed up on the earth.

 

This is where you see, all the way through Ezekiel’s temple, when you start seeing the truths that are in there where the Prince is going to come and He’s going to open up another door that was never seen. We are seeing this in the end times, because John saw in heaven, he said, “I saw another door open, in heaven.” That’s the third door that’s open in Ezekiel’s temple in order to bring us all the revelation and the light.

 

If you only have two (doors) that are open—this is what Moses’ tabernacle does—Moses’ tabernacle only had two divisions in it. Paul reveals this. You will never find anywhere in scripture where the court in Moses’ tabernacle is called the outer court; you don’t find it. Whenever the outer court is referred to, it’s always referring to Ezekiel’s temple. So when you go into Revelation, it says, ‘the court that is without, don’t measure it.” It’s not talking about Moses’ tabernacle; it’s talking about Ezekiel’s temple. There is another court that is out there.

 

Ezekiel’s temple has five divisions in it. It has the outer court, the inner court, the Holy Place , the Separate Place , and the Holy of Holies. Moses’ tabernacle only had two (divisions). Moses’ tabernacle, because it only had two divisions in it, signified the shadow realm, because the shadow realm is only two-dimensional.

 

Ezekiel’s temple becomes three dimensional because there are three openings that go in there and there are five divisions in it that answers to the five senses that are in man.

 

When Moses’ tabernacle was here, in the shadow realm there were only two senses that were open to man and this is why, when Moses went up on the Mount, what he saw was the beginning of a building of God in the eternal. The two divisions were only made at that point. So when God said, “Build it according to the pattern,” he only built two divisions in it.

 

Ezekiel showed up on the same Mount another thousand years later and he said, “I saw a house that was being built as a city.” It is in its building stage, and now there are five divisions in it! In the progression of God, the thing was growing and growing and growing!

 

Moses could only tell you what he saw, “All I saw was two divisions.” The two divisions answers to the two senses which was taste and smell. So in the Old Testament, you could taste to see and you could only smell, so you had the sweet-smelling savor and the not sweet-smelling savor; there were only two senses open.

 

All five senses of man answer to “seeing” in the Spiritual. You can taste to see how something tastes. You can smell to see how something smells. You can touch something to see if it’s hot or cold. You can hear to see if you like something. Every one of the senses answers to seeing .

 

When God opens up all five senses to us, then you can start seeing the eternal. That didn’t happen until Jesus Christ came. When Jesus Christ came, He came to a people whose eyes were shut, her ears were shut, and they had no feeling. Jesus Christ came to open the blind eyes, to open the ears, and to heal the lepers, so to restore feeling back.

 

In 1 John, he says, ‘that which we have seen , that which we have heard , and that which we have handled ’. Those five senses were opened when Jesus Christ came and Ezekiel chapter 40 to open up the five different divisions in Ezekiel’s temple that Moses’ tabernacle was never able to do.

 

So, in the Old Testament, you were only able to taste and see that God was good and through the sense of smell, you were able to smell to see if God was pleased; that’s all you had. That is all He ever opened up to them; there’s your shadow realm.

 

Ezekiel’s temple is going to open up the third dimension and it’s going to touch all five senses.

 

Hebrews says that ‘he that eats meat has all the senses exercised to discern both good and evil’. But he that is a babe, all he is doing is feeding on the milk of the word and the only thing that is opened to him is taste and smell; there’s only two. When you do that, you have no discernment at all; this is where the church finds itself when they do not have the Spirit of God and He hasn’t opened up all of their understanding.

 

This happens in Ezekiel 40 on a new day—on the 10 th day of the month, the Day of Atonement; it starts a new day.

 

So God reverses the time for us; He reverses the days for us; He reverses the feasts for us, and He reverses the tabernacle for us; He is reversing all for us because that is what He does when He brings a new image.

 

And now the things that we thought we saw, now we are seeing real clearly and we are finding out that “this elephant has more than a trunk”. We’re getting a little bit clearer understanding, and now it does not appear what we thought it was going to be like. Now that we are starting to see it, we are saying, “Man, what a great plan this is that He has opened up for us!”

 

Now the fast:

 

Isaiah 58:1-5(a) ‘Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, (this is what you see in the Day of Atonement; a day of the afflicting of the soul. Here it is, it’s a fast; it’s the only fast that was required in the Old Testament, so we know this is talking about the Day of Atonement.) and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. (This is what the church does; they want to continue in their own works, but they want to stand on the finished work of Jesus Christ. They have a wrong understanding of the fast because he says in verse 4:) Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. It is such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul?’

 

(Brother Buddy speaks:) Let me just say one thing here: there is the real root of the problem that has been consistent all down through time. That is, the issue is government. Once the issue becomes government, then the next issue is, who is going to rule; who is going to control? When you get into the real plan of God, unless God is the ruler and the lawgiver, everybody else is exalting themselves into that place and then claiming to be your benefactor. Those ‘who exercise authority over you, claim to be your benefactor, but amongst you it shall not be so’. In this program, the effort is to bring everybody under One authority; the Lord Himself. If you are not coming there, forget it!

 

(John continues) So take heed when you sit down with a ruler. There is a big imagery of sitting down with the ruler or sitting down with the servant, but Jesus Christ came as a servant and not as a ruler, so if you sit down with Him, you know that He is out for your best interest because He is doing it as a servant.

 

Whenever you come under a government that appears to be a ruler, there’s only one thing that they have in mind; that is for themselves.

 

(Buddy adds) And here is the next thing you want to remember: Judgment must begin at the house, but your tendency is to judge the other house…and be blind to your own.)

 

(John continues) The context of that scripture that says ‘beware when you sit down to eat’, also says, ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ (Proverbs 23:6-7) Whenever you see man that is ruling in a rulership spirit, what you will also see is that is where his heart is going, and he is just trying to bring you under his control.

 

(Buddy adds) He’ll always be telling the people, “Things would be better if I was in charge here.” Can you find a better ruler than you when all your ways are right in your own eyes?

 

(John continues)

 

Isaiah 58: 5-6 ‘Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?’

 

If you ever want to see when a government, eldership, or anybody who is moving in a religious spirit, as opposed to moving in the Spirit of God, here is the difference: where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty; where there is a religious spirit, they will always force you to come under their bondage.

 

Whenever an eldership determines that you have to “do it my way” and force you into that way, what they are doing is they are bringing you under a religious spirit, for the Spirit of God is leaving you free, even if the freedom means walking out the door.

 

(Buddy comments) That’s why Brother Sam use to say, “I don’t want you to listen to a thing I’m saying, unless the Lord make it real to you. I can confirm the truth to you, but I can’t put it in you.”

 

(John continues) We are waking up to this, because when God’s government actually comes into our life in an incorruptible state, you are going to be so free; anything you do is going to be right. Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty.

 

(Buddy adds) And somebody judging a church functioning or a community functioning that doesn’t see the leaders bringing the people into subjection, will call it a dysfunctional church. The thing that will ruin it—that will guarantee the ruin of it—is if you put your finger to it. It will guarantee the ruin of it. The moment that you put your hand on it, God will take His hand off. Look what happened to Uzzah when he tried to stable the ark. Once you understand the truth, you will want clean hands and a pure heart and you won’t want to touch anything!

 

(John continues) Just think, a lot of this was done in innocence. ‘At the time of our ignorance, God winked’. But now we are coming into maturity and in maturity, the sons are going to get drawn off to where they are being led by the Spirit.

 

(Buddy adds) Now we are going to “play for keeps”.

 

(John continues) One of the hardest things is for parents to allow their children, once they are mature of age, to let them go off and do a free thing.

 

Isaiah 58:6-7 ‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?’ (That’s what He does on the Day of Atonement. The yoke was sin.) Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?’ (Brother Buddy comments: That’s a good list.)

 

This is a true Day of Atonement and this is the true fast. The true fast is that now we recognize that ‘in my flesh dwells no good thing’ and I better find myself living in a new creation and quit trying to prop up the old !

 

And for some reason, we still want to identify that the way that I was 10, 15, 20 years ago—last 15 minutes—is when I’m in the flesh, is me . Don’t hide yourself from your own flesh because you are standing naked before everybody anyway! We are the only one we can hide our self from!

 

Let me ask you this: what does everybody see as “secret sins”? This is really going to hit to the heart. We like to think of “secret sins” as: somehow we have a sin that we know nothing about, but God does, and someday He is going to bring that sin to light.

 

Do you know what a secret sin is? A secret sin is the sin that you know that you have in you and you are keeping it a secret from everybody else. You know what opens up that secret sin? It’s when you get into a place of weakness, such as old age, when you can’t control it anymore.

 

We are seeing people that are getting on their deathbed and all of a sudden they have no physical capacity to hold it back. We are seeing things coming out of some of these people. I say, “Man, that person looked to me to be the strongest person! They had no fear in them!” And all of sudden, they are in a place of complete weakness and all of a sudden that fear is coming out. Where did it come from? It was a secret sin.

 

God says to get the secret sins dealt with before you get there. Everyone of us have them.

 

(Buddy adds) There is only one thing that can cast out that fear. Perfect love; for who? For yourself or God? For God!

 

(John continues) Perfect love will cast that out.

 

This scripture (Isaiah 58:7) says, ‘Don’t hide yourself from your own flesh.’ There is your secret sin.

 

I think it is good of God to allow us to continue. God doesn’t shout it from the housetop; He wants us to deal with them before they get shouted from the housetop.

 

Brother Buddy pointed out something years ago when the Bakers and the Swaggarts started falling. He said that God was willing to keep them covered until they started unveiling somebody else’s (secret sins). ‘So judge not, unless ye be judged’. As soon as you start pointing the finger at another…I have seen some things in my life over the last 20 years that I know are sin and I’ll never point a finger! As soon as I do, here it comes! God says, “Listen, you’re in the secret place. I’ll let you go through the transformation process alone,” and there are some ugly things that are going on in that cocoon that God’s dealing with.

 

If the Day of Atonement had not been completed, then this would have been impossible for us to do. So we can now live in a relationship with Him where we are now in no condemnation.

 

There are actually three places that we can live: we can live in joy, we can live in condemnation, or we can be in conviction.

 

‘Every man is tempted and drawn away when he is tempted of his own lust.’ God has a miraculous way of not allowing that to come into fruition and allowing the Spirit of God to come and convict us to get us back in.

 

We know what joy is like and we know what condemnation is like and sometimes we identify conviction with condemnation and they are two completely separate things. When the conviction of God comes, it comes so that we don’t get under the condemnation. It comes to get us back into joy. The Spirit of God is there for one purpose: to convict the world of sin.

 

When every man is tempted and drawn out and you come under conviction, there is a time period there before it brings forth fruit. Get back in the Spirit!

 

This is ‘hide not thyself from your own flesh’. Be honest with yourself, in other words.

 

Isaiah 58:8 ‘Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.’

 

(Buddy comments) In other words, it (the glory of the Lord) will come upon you. You won’t have to pray for it, it will just come upon you.

 

(John continues) ‘The Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple.’

 

The Day of Atonement is behind us. It started off a new day. ‘The end of this man is peace.’ That’s why the Passover is sacrificed as a peace offering. The peace offering—everybody gets to eat of it. Where are you going to eat of it? When you eat it afresh with Him in the kingdom on the other side of the resurrection.

 

Now the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world accomplishes that which He was set out to do. Through the death on the cross, He was able to reconcile men. As we walk in the light and have fellowship with one another, the Spirit is flowing through us. We come to a point where we can offer our self as that righteous one when we go down in our death; when we do, we will be found in that same likeness of His resurrection.

 

Once you get there, now we get to eat of the Lamb with everybody. It’s not a sin offering anymore, but it’s a peace offering. This is what He said, “Eat of my flesh and drink of my blood,” and the only place that you can do that is in His kingdom. Amen!

 

(Brother Buddy adds) To bring this down on a practical walk-level now, of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, all life in the flesh is in the blood. So, the life that we now live in the flesh—in His flesh—we live by the faith of the Son of God. This is the partaking of His blood and of His flesh because as you live by the faith of the Son of God, you now become the bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh; now you are being the partaker of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, which is what we celebrate in communion. We remind ourselves that this is our commitment; that now for us to live is Christ. In other words, we are going to now live as He did and we are going to walk as He walked. How did He live? Well, the life that He lived in the flesh, He lived by faith. So Paul says, ‘The life that I now live, in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God—that’s the blood. As you are living by the faith of the Son of God, you are now the body of Christ, which is life ! All life is in the blood, which His life is being made manifest. Now, instead of it being a dead sacrifice, it’s a living sacrifice that can take sin away, so that you can go and sin no more.

 

(John adds) Because the Spirit giveth life.

 

(Buddy continues) You were never able to come into the presence of God under the old covenant, but now we have boldness to enter into the presence by the new and living way that He brought. So now you can experience living in the presence of God. In His presence there is fullness of joy and perfect peace. So if there is anything “eating on you”, you are not in the presence of God. If you are murmuring and complaining about anything, you are not in the presence of God. In the presence of God you will be giving thanks in all things, knowing this is the will of God. Therefore, examine each other? No! That is what we constantly do, isn’t it? We keep saying, “They’re not in the presence of God! They’re not in the presence of God!” and my very action is convincing everybody around me that I’m not in the presence of God! Because ‘wherein I condemn another, I condemn myself.’

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee!

 

(Question from someone) So the blood and the soul of Jesus are the same?

 

(John answers) When it says, in the Old Testament, “life”, that is “psuche” (Greek). The soul is in the blood. You take the blood out of the natural body and it’s the soul in the type there.

 

(Another question from someone) What is the soul of God then?

 

(John answers) It’s His life. It is Him. The soul always answers to the life, because the animals have souls.

 

(Brother Buddy answers) The soul identifies the person. You can have the Spirit of God and you don’t have the soul of God, yet. You can have the Spirit of the Son, but you don’t have the soul of the Son, yet. So Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments and I and My Father will love you and We will come there and make our abode with you. Now you have the Spirit, the Son, and the Father—the fullness of the Godhead—dwelling in your body. That is what is happening in these last days to a company of people who are alive and remaining when He gets here. He comes this time not be crucified, but to be glorified. He is going to ‘appear the second time without sin unto salvation’.

 

(John comments) There’s the ‘fit man’ coming back out of the wilderness.

 

(Buddy adds) A ‘fit man’ is one who ‘puts his hand to the plow and does not look back’. Whoever ‘puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom’.

 

(John adds) And when Jesus was here, He was the only fit man.

 

(Buddy) He’s the only one that went all the way; He never looked back and gave us an example that we should follow. He didn’t do it for us; He did it before us; He gave us the example. He then sent the provision to enable us to do what He did.

 

(John) After having obtained redemption for Himself.

 

(Buddy) ‘The husbandman that labors must be the first partaker of the fruit’. So He is the first of the firstfruits. That is your call; it is in your hands whether you make it sure or not.

 



   
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